nike running Fluidity was founded in 1999 by Michelle Austin, who utilized her background as a Lotte Berk instructor. This workout combines traditional barre exercises with an updated emphasis on anatomy and movement to promote a streamlined body. The workout emphasizes muscles integration with all muscles working together, maintaining their natural movement pathways. The pelvis is always in a neutral position so that the spine is fully supported. Classes were first launched at the Reebok club in New York City. The bar unit used is an original engineer-designed piece. It supports up to 300 pounds and can be purchased for home use along with DVDs, accessories and nutritional supplements.

Belly Up to the Bar

Burr Leonard was also a Lotte Berk student and instructor before founding The Bar Method in 2000 and opening her first studio in San Francisco. The Bar Method combines elements of dance, yoga and Pilates along with the science of physical therapy to create long, lean and lifted muscles through isolation and muscle fatigue. Exercises are precisely ordered, and sequencing is an important component of the workout. nike free 4.0 flyknit Many exercises are done in a pelvic posterior tilt with your glutes pulled under your hips to better target the muscles being worked. Classes are primarily held in small boutique studios throughout the country, located mainly in upscale, urbanized neighborhoods. DVDs and accessories are also available for purchase on the website.

Barring the Differences?

Fluidity is the only one to have trademarked a specialized piece of equipment with an adjustable barre. Bar Method DVDs have participants at home substituting the barre with a chair. Fluidity focuses on working the back of the body more so than the front due to the belief that everyday activities, like sitting for long periods of time, can weaken the back muscles. Bar emphasizes a full-body workout. Fluidity works the muscles in a pelvic-neutral position instead of the posterior tuck that is a big part of The Bar Method's workout. Fluidity is against over-isolating muscles and instead uses the body to strengthen the arms without the use of free weights. Bar utilizes weights for the upper body, isolating muscles and fatiguing them through highly repetitive movements. Fluidity promotes a nutritional component to their program whereas Bar does not.

So Which Is Better?

nike air pegasus 83 Both workouts tend to be popular and have a strong following, mainly with women. Proximity is a big factor in choice when it comes to barre workouts with people frequenting the classes closest to them. For those who do not have the option to take classes due to location, time or cost, DVD's are available and it comes down to a matter of preference. Those who like to lift weights may prefer Bar over Fluidity. Some may appreciate not having to purchase equipment to get a workout. Others may find certain exercises hard to execute and may prefer one workout over the other. You will need to commit the time to whichever workout you choose to see results. Three to five classes a week is the usual recommendation. Results vary and diet is a crucial component to achieving results.